In this lesson students will brainstorm and code a Canadian themed Google Doodle. The activities in this lesson can be mixed and matched to extend the length of the lesson, create paper doodles for submission, or experiment in Scratch.
Students can design their doodle in Scratch and then will learn how to make their doodle dance to a beat.
You will need some basic arts supplies to run the brainstorm activities including: markers, pencils, large paper, other drawing tools.
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Create a Doodle 4 Google in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday!
In groups of 6 have students brain-storm a theme that they will use across their team doodle.
These themes could include: Canada’s history, Canada today, Canadian foods, Canadian animals, Canadian technology, Canadian innovation etc.
Students will play a game that is traditionally called exquisite corpse where they will each add a letter drawing inspired by their theme to their doodle
Have students fold a sheet of paper into 6 even parts (a larger sheet of paper may be best).
Students should decide the order they want to go in from 1-6.
Students will draw a letter on the sheet then fold it to hide their letter from the next person.
Have the first student draw their doodle just for the letter ‘G’, the second ‘O’, third ‘O’, fourth ‘G’, and so on until the group has drawn Google.
Once every student has drawn a letter, have the group unfold the paper to look at their completed doodle.
Have the small groups reflect on what they liked about the activity, what they noticed (are there similarities in some of the drawings), and what they think they will change when creating their own original doodles.
Watch these two videos to get students inspired to doodle.
Using any materials available have students individually create a doodle.
This could include: clay, paint, pencils, or any other materials that allow them to express their inner artist.
Let’s jump into Scratch! Open up the Scratch template, (1) click See Inside, (2) select remix, (3) rename your project. You’ll see all the G-O-O-G-L-E letter Sprites on the stage. Click on a letter. Then, click on the ‘Costumes’ tab to begin designing the letter.
Let students explore the changes they can make like drawing, making lines, adding images, shapes, etc. Here’s an example to show to how to make the letter shape still visible while changing the look and feel of the letter.
Once all your letters are decorated let’s learn how to make them dance! Click on a letter to start with and switch back to the ‘Scripts’ tab. Add an events block when this sprite clicked block. Add a motionmove 10 steps block. The number of steps in this block is a variable that can be changed. This letter needs a beat to dance to so add the sound block play drum 1 for 0.25 beats. Now we’ll make our letter take a step back by adding another motion block but this time we’ll definitely take advantage of the variable in the move block to move the letter -10 steps. Let’s play the drum one more time! Add the sound block play drum again. You may want to switch up the drum this time. Click on the dropdown to select a different drum sound.
Make the rest of your letters dance!
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Hold a doodle gallery so students can take turns presenting their work to their peers and seeing the works of their classmates.
Have students explain why they chose the drawing technique they did, what inspired them, what theme did they have in mind, how did they make their letters fit/or differ in style.
Don’t forget to submit your Doodle 4 Google for a chance to win a $10,000 university scholarship and have your doodle featured on Google.ca for a day!
Extend the song the letters are dancing to or add in different layered instruments as the letters dance.
Have students extend their drawings by creating a custom background.